Joy’s Easy Banana Bread

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Joy’s Easy Banana Bread

Joys easy banana bread is made from seven basic ingredients, and when combined makes a delicious loaf of bread. This recipe is easy to prepare tastes great. This recipe is one that everyone is going to love, both eating and making. 

Joys easy banana bread

Banana Bread

Ever wondered what to do with your bananas that seem to be too far gone? Try making some banana bread with them! Banana bread is a delicious quick bread that is made using a banana base, along with a few other pantry staples. One of the great things about Joy’s Easy Banana Bread is that this recipe really does include just the basics, which makes this recipe very easy to make. 

How to Make Banana Bread

The process of making banana bread is very simple if you are able to measure ingredients and mix them together. Before we jump into the specifics of how to make the bread, let’s learn more about the bananas needed to make this recipe turn out amazing as well as some other helpful information.

Why Do We Use Brown Bananas

Using brown bananas is a key element to any successful banana bread. This is great too, because what else are you going to do with bananas that seem to be overly ripe and no longer appealing to just eat. Using brown bananas in banana bread ensure that your bread will be moist and that your bread will taste sweet. 

How Brown Do Bananas Need to Be

A good way to tell if your bananas are brown enough is to determine if you would eat them or not. If they are too far gone for you to enjoy eating, then they are most likely perfect for banana bread. 

Just by looking at the bananas, you are going to want to start to see the brown spots appear on the bananas. If it is still all yellow, wait a little bit before making your bread. On the other hand, if your bananas are completely brown and rotten, you probably will want to start again with a new batch of bananas. 

How to Freeze Ripened Bananas

What if you have bananas that are perfectly ripe, but you are not ready to make bread out of them? A great way to preserve your bananas is to freeze them! That’s right, you can freeze bananas. The best way is to place them on parchment paper on a cookie sheet and allow them to freeze. Once frozen you will want to warp them in plastic wrap or place them in a plastic bag in the freezer. They can be stored there for several weeks before use. 

How to Store Banana Bread

Supposing you have any of your delicious banana bread left after making it and enjoying it fresh, you can store your banana bread in an airtight container at room temperature if you want. Please note that your bread stored at room temperature will most likely only last about four days. If you do not plan to eat the rest of your bread right away, you can wrap it securely in plastic wrap and place it in the fridge. Your banana bread can stay frozen for about three to four months. Now, let’s take a look at how to make the bread. 

Banana Bread Ingredients

Ripe bananas
Sugar
Eggs
Butter
All-purpose flour
Baking soda
Salt
Cinnamon (optional)

Steps to Make Joy’s Easy Banana Bread

There are just a few simple steps to follow when making Joy’s Easy Banana Bread. Start off with your bananas. 

Mash The Bananas

Your bananas are going to need to be mashed. A great place to start when making your bread is to peel and mash them up. 

Combine Wet Ingredients

Then you are going to want to combine all your wet ingredients together. This would include your bananas, eggs, and melted butter.

Add Sugars

Next, you can add your sugar into the banana bread mixture. 

Add Dry Ingredients

Once all of your wet ingredients and sugar has been added, you can add your dry ingredients. These would include flour, baking soda, and salt. 

Stir

Stir your mixture together so that everything is combined. Once everything is mixed together, stop stirring. 

Mix Ins

At this point, if you have any additional ingredients you would like to mix in, such as chocolate chips, or nuts, this would be a great time to fold them into your bread batter. 

Pour Batter Into Pan & Bake! 

Once you have all of your ingredients mixed in, you will want to take a bread loaf pan and spray it thoroughly with cooking spray. Then pour the bread batter into your pan and smooth it so that it is evenly distributed. Then place it into your preheated oven and bake for one hour. 

Cool

Once a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean you can remove it from the oven. Place it on your stovetop, or cooling rack and allow it to cool for 10-15 minutes in the pan. Then take a knife or spatula and separate the bread from the sides of your bread pan. Gently pull away from the sides and shake to make sure it is loose. Then flip upside down and remove the loaf of bread. Allow it to finish cooling. 

If you would like bread that is extra moist, you can try removing the bread from the loaf pan, then place it into a storage container and put the lid on. This allows the moisture that leaves your bread through the steam to return to your loaf of bread. 

To Store/Freeze

You may store your bread in an airtight container on the countertop for about four days. Or you can wrap it securely in plastic wrap, then place it inside a plastic freezer bag, and freeze it for three to four months. 

Serving Suggestions

This bread is great when served fresh out of the oven and topped with a little bit of butter. It may also be served after it has cooled. Joy’s Easy Banana Bread makes a delicious side dish or breakfast food for any occasion. 

banana bread top view

Joy’s Easy Banana Bread Recipe

Ingredients

1 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
¼ cup butter, melted
3 ripe bananas, mashed
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
½ tsp cinnamon (optional)
1 ½ cup all-purpose flour

Directions

Step 1: Heat The Oven And Prepare A Loaf Tin

Preheat the oven to 325°F

Step 2: Mix The Wet Ingredients and Sugar Together

In a mixing bowl, combine sugar, egg, butter, and bananas. Mix ingredients together. 

Step 3: Combine The Dry Ingredients

Add your baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and flour. Stir until mixture is combined. Add any extras you desire such as chocolate chips or nuts.

Step 4: Prepare The Bread For Baking

Take your bread pan and spray it with cooking spray so that the bottom and edges are coated. Pour your batter into the pan and spread it so that the batter is evenly distributed. 

Step 5: Bake The Bread

Bake at 325°F for 1 hour, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. 

Step 6: Cool The Bread

Allow the bread to cool for 10-15 minutes inside the bread pan before you try to remove it. Take a knife or spatula and separate it from the edge and the bottom, before you try to remove the bread. Set it on a wire rack to cool or serve with a bit of butter while it is still warm, and enjoy! 

Make Ahead and Storage

If you want, this bread can be made ahead and stored in the freezer for up to four months. When freezing, be sure to wrap it securely in plastic wrap, and then place it inside another plastic bag, to prevent it from going bad. 

Note:

Overcooking. Be careful to not overcook this bread. Overcooking can lead to a loaf of dry bread. 

Cinnamon. Cinnamon is not a requirement of this recipe. However, I enjoy the extra spice that cinnamon adds, and wanted to share that with you if you want to try it. 

Tips to Make the Best Banana Bread

Tailor to Your Taste

One great way to make the best banana bread is to tailor it to your specific tastes. If there are certain spices you really enjoy in banana bread, then add them. For example, cinnamon is one of my favorite aspects of banana bread. It is not a requirement, simply something that I really like the taste of. If there are items like this, then be sure to add them to your bread.

Tips For Super Moist Banana Bread

Very ripe bananas are key. Using bananas that are very ripe will make your bread extra moist. It will also make your bread a little sweeter when you use very ripe bananas. 

Add an extra moisture ingredient. If you are looking for extra moist banana bread, you can try adding ½ cup of sour cream or even yogurt.

Don’t over mix the batter. A key to making the best banana bread is to not overmix your batter. Mix it just enough, but once everything is combined, stop mixing. 

Don’t over bake. Be careful to not overbake your bread. You want to bake it just so that it is done, not well done. Over baking will draw extra steam out of your bread and drain it of the moisture. 

banana bread close up

Nutrition Facts

Each slice of bread is estimated to contain 278 calories per slice. Each slice is also estimated to contain 6.7g fat, 36mg cholesterol, 499mg sodium, 53.2g carbohydrates, and 3.7g protein.

Favorite Add Ins

Some delicious add ins that are some of our favorites for banana bread include, but are not limited to the following: 

Chocolate Chips
Walnuts
Pecans
Almonds
Pineapple
Peanut Butter
Zucchini

Spices
Cocoa
Citrus
Dried Fruit
Pumpkin
Maple Syrup
Coconut

Substitutes

This recipe contains gluten. If you are looking to make gluten-free banana bread, simply swap out the all-purpose flour, for your favorite brand of all-purpose gluten-free flour. 

Variations You May Like

How to Make Banana Bread Muffins

You can easily make banana bread muffins out of this recipe. Simply prepare as above only place your batter into a muffin tin and bake for 20-30 minutes. 

The Best Sour Cream Banana Bread

If you would like to make sour cream banana bread, simply add ½ cup of sour cream to the above ingredients. Prepare as otherwise stated above. 

Brown Butter Banana Bread

Banana bread made with brown butter is a delicious twist on your typical banana bread. To make this bread, simply cook your butter over low heat until it begins to have brown flakes in it. Remove from the burner, and place back in the fridge. Allow the butter to set up before using it in your recipe. Use this butter to make your banana bread. 

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

To make chocolate chip banana bread, simply add your favorite chocolate chips to the bread batter before baking it. Otherwise, prepare as instructed above. 

FAQs About Banana Bread

What is Banana Bread?

Banana bread is a moist and delicious quick bread that features bananas and other common pantry ingredients. 

How Ripe Should Bananas Be For Banana Bread?

The best bananas for banana bread are mostly brown on the outside. Your bananas should at least have the beginnings of brown spots appearing on the outside. 

How To Store Banana Bread?

Store your banana bread in an airtight container on the countertop for up to four days. 

Can You Freeze Banana Bread?

Yes! You most certainly can freeze banana bread. 

How To Freeze Banana Bread?

To freeze banana bread, wrap the loaf of bread securely in plastic wrap. Then place it inside another plastic bag. Seal the bag and place the entire loaf in the freezer for three to four months. You may also freeze slices of bread if you prefer. 

How Do You Keep Banana Bread Moist?

A trick to keep banana bread moist is to allow it to cool for 10-15 minutes after removing it from the oven. Then move your bread to a storage container and seal the lid. This prevents all of your steam from leaving the bread, and in turn, keeps it moist. 

How Long Does Banana Bread Last?

If stored on your countertop, banana bread typically lasts about four days before it starts to ferment. If frozen, it will last between three to four months. 

Are my bananas ripe enough to make banana bread? 

If your bananas are starting to move past the point where you like to eat them, meaning that the outside is starting to turn brown and the insides are getting mushy, then they are perfect for banana bread! 

What can I add to banana bread?

Some great ideas of things to add to banana bread include chocolate chips, nuts, dried fruit, and spices. 

How do you know when banana bread is done? 

A good way to tell when banana bread is finished cooking is to stick a toothpick in the center of your bread. If it comes out clean, with no bread dough stuck to it, your loaf is done. 

How do you keep banana bread moist after baking? 

The best way to keep your banana bread moist after baking is to store it in an airtight container. If your bread starts to dry out, simply place it in the microwave with a damp paper towel on top and microwave for 30 seconds. 

How Can I Make My Banana Bread More Moist? 

Several great ways to make your bread more moist include using very ripe bananas, adding sour cream if desired, and storing your bread in an airtight container while it is still cooling off. 

What Makes This Banana Bread Recipe The Best?

This banana bread recipe is super simple. It does not require a lot of different ingredients. Joy’s Easy Banana Bread recipe only requires the basics needed to make a loaf of tasty banana bread. This bread is the most straightforward, no-nonsense, banana bread recipe you will find, which is what helps to make it the best. 

Easy Banana Bread

Joy’s Easy Banana Bread is a straightforward recipe that only requires seven different ingredients. This recipe makes a moist and delicious banana bread that you are going to love because it is so easy to make. Give it a try today! 

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Joy’s Easy Banana Bread

Prep Time8 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 8 mins
Course: bread, Side Dish
Keyword: Joy’s Easy Banana Bread
Servings: 8 slices

Ingredients

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup butter melted
  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp cinnamon optional
  • cup all-purpose flour

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 325°F
  • In a mixing bowl, combine sugar, egg, butter, and bananas. Mix ingredients together. 
  • Add your baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and flour. Stir until mixture is combined. Add any extras you desire such as chocolate chips or nuts.
  • Take your bread pan and spray it with cooking spray so that the bottom and edges are coated. Pour your batter into the pan and spread it so that the batter is evenly distributed. 
  • Bake at 325°F for 1 hour, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. 
  • Allow the bread to cool for 10-15 minutes inside the bread pan before you try to remove it. Take a knife or spatula and separate it from the edge and the bottom, before you try to remove the bread. Set it on a wire rack to cool or serve with a bit of butter while it is still warm, and enjoy! 
  • If you want, this bread can be made ahead and stored in the freezer for up to four months. When freezing, be sure to wrap it securely in plastic wrap, and then place it inside another plastic bag, to prevent it from going bad. 

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